Gracie Philosophy

Energy Efficiency

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Q. Thinking in practical terms, what if both myself and my opponent are of the counter attack strategy? Might we just be staring at each other in a stalemate?
nikjits (5/26/2022 10:41 AM)
A. Yes.
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Q. What’s the best method to convince one’s hard head spouse to join Jiu Jitsu with him or her?
Andrew Chim (1/17/2022 9:21 PM)
A. Start by introducing your spouse to Women Empowered.
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Q. Could you pin point some of the principles, exercices and lessons learnt of the GJJ regarding body position x breathing control?
Marcus Avichai (5/21/2020 12:10 PM)
A. These things vary with each class. If important, we highlight them within the lesson. It's too much and too varied to cover in this forum.
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Q. Is there any tips to ID and quickly recognize weak points in an opponent?
Marcus Avichai (5/20/2020 3:13 PM)
A. Not really beyond the obvious conclusion one could draw from an opponent's physical condition. But, even this would not reveal the extent to their knowledge and skill. Once you're engaged, then you can draw a better picture based on their behaviors and then determine their potential vulnerabilities.
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Q. Regarding proposed solution on armlock question, unfortunately we are mot training with gi, as we are at home. Is it possible to end up in the lying down position and still be abiding in the principal of energy efficiency?
Aaron_S (8/14/2019 6:28 AM)
A. Yes.
Q. Re: Straight Armlock (Mount), partner and I spent over an hour trying to end up over the opponent so we could gently spin and then "sit down" as we initiated the grasp of the arm, as per DVD. We used as much biomechanics as possible to make this work. We had to use a punching bag on the floor to continue analysis and practice. We concluded that, based on our similar builds, it is not possible to sit gently. As we complete the spin, our shorter legs relative to the weight and thickness of our bodies result in a fall rather than a sit. We can only mitigate by spinning as close to the opponent's body as possible (actually rubbing) and then falling and grasping the arm in the process. This seemed to be the slowest way to achieve objective, plus the falls hurt our tailbones and we could only practice for so long. Is this a common problem with body types or are we just not doing the technique correctly?
Aaron_S (8/9/2019 6:51 PM)
A. Very common for beginners. This moves generally requires a lot of practice. Keep drilling. Try having your partner (on the bottom) hold onto your lapels and help guide you into the final sitting position, not letting you fall backwards. It will get better!
Q. I grapple with this guy who is bigger and stronger than me (300lbs) I can survive him, but I tap out because I get tired and mainly because he lays flat on me with his weight. Any ideas to overcome this issue as I know you probably get this question a lot. I want to make changes so I can make my jujitsu better. Thanks!
LLL (6/30/2019 6:32 PM)
A. Forget about trying to escape for now. Just be present in the moment and survive for as long as you can.
Q. estupenda forma de pensar, eso de "no perder". muy educativos, gracias.
Ricsanipatin (6/27/2019 9:02 PM)
A. Obrigado pelo feedback!
Q. What is a Gracie diet?
Prodave (3/28/2019 6:15 PM)
A. Check out for all the info!
Q. Here in Brasil It was created the idea of go through the car over. Now I see that it has nothing to do to effectness in a real fight. As longer a guy attack someone else, more get tired mentally and phisically.Absolutelly right.
mazza (8/13/2018 12:24 PM)
A. Thanks for the support!
Q. How does one build energy?
Paredão  (7/16/2018 10:29 PM)
A. Focus more on conserving your energy!
Q. Is there any way to make a playlist of videos?
Matt198d (12/19/2016 5:53 AM)
A. There is not currently an option to create a dedicated playlist of specific lessons. In the "my lessons" section though it will list the subset of lessons that are currently available to you.
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Q. In a street fight how long would it take on average for the bad guy to waste his energy while I'm controlling him?
Marvelous1 (5/11/2013 2:01 AM)
A. It always depends on the person's endurance and athleticism. But if a person is in full panic mode, we think it would take 2 minutes or less.
Q. do you think krav maga would go well with this art? or is it not necesary?
Brad125 (5/7/2012 12:34 PM)
A. Yes, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a great complement to any other art. For street self defense, we believe that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is all you need.
Q. I know that diet has everything to do with the energy we have in our training and in a fight. I was curious at what level is the Gracie Diet introduced to students, do you wait for them to show interest first?
jeremy.burnett1 (3/18/2012 8:51 PM)
A. As soon as they walk in the door!
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Q. When I watch videos of Helio Gracie he seems to be very energy efficient... is it possible to be to energy efficient? By this I mean can you be to relaxed? Should you be in the middle not very tense and not very relaxed? If being to relaxed is not a probl
Don W (3/12/2012 2:34 PM)
A. Yes! Energy efficiency is one of the guiding principles of GJJ, and it only comes with perfection of the techniques.
Q. i love the feeling i know i can control my opponent on the ground now
slangsta56 (3/6/2012 4:55 AM)
A. That's what it's all about!
Q. this is great stuuf, much props :)
healthy01 (2/13/2012 10:20 PM)
A. Thanks!
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Q. i love the fact that now- i can control my opponent on the ground if need be!
denverstapleton (11/1/2011 8:54 PM)
A. That's what it's all about.
Q. hello, I listened to the fight works podcast interview with Rener many times and really enjoy this interview about him speaking about the original fight philosophy of Helio gracie, and how most, if not all jiu jitsu schools dont know, or use helios philosophy or survival aspect in their jiu jitsu. And how it takes about 3-5 years to really understand and use it in their jiu jitsu. I also listened to Ryrons interview when he was cornering Javier, and he also talked about Helios mind set, and said you dont need too much techniques, but more so the helio gracie philosophy and mindset to become a blackbelt. Since both of the main instuctors of the gracie academy think its so important i was wondering if you could tell me, what exactly is the original fight philosophy of Helio and his mindset, so when i'm training gracie jiu jitsu or just thinking about jiu jitsu, i can always keep it in my mind. Or if someone ask me, why i do gracie jiu jitsu and not brazilian jiu jitsu, i can explain to them clearly the helio gracie mindset is what makes it Gracie jiu jitsu. mindset. Thank you very much Mikey
kauaiboys (2/12/2011 12:57 PM)
A. Just don't lose!
Q. do you teach throws or ways to get the fight to the ground
dfunder (7/5/2010 7:34 PM)
A. Many!
Q. whats the best way to break the guard???
elnino62 (2/14/2010 11:11 AM)
A. Advanced guard passes will be covered in the Master Cycle!
Q. Rener,When you say Punch safe,or Punch proof what does that meen? I want to say it meens exactly what it sounds like,but I figure Ill ask you!.
matisyahu (12/24/2009 8:33 PM)
A. It means that you are in a position to block, deflect, or avoid strikes that are no harder than a 5 on a 10 scale. You may still get hit, but not with a fight-ending blow. To be sure, each person will have different tolerance levels for strikes, so the objective is to not get hit at all, but we can't guarantee that against all opponents.
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Q. How do you think Aikido training might compliment my GJJ training in self defense? Both styles seem to employ an energy efficient strategy and certain Aikido takedowns leave my opponent wide open for GJJ submissions.
Jon Watkins (9/20/2009 2:04 PM)
A. Great fit. Just be sure to always remain "punch safe".
Q. Can I augment my GJJ training with core strengthening exercises? I ask this because it seems that a majority of the techniques revolve around the 'trunk' of the body - from the shoulders to the hamstring/thigh area of the body.
C. J. (8/25/2009 10:29 AM)
A. Yes, you are correct.
Q. I Beleive in the Gracie way to preserve energy. When I am in the Dojo and am sparring I still run out of gas in a short amount of time. What else can I do to preserve or build my stamina while i'm rolling on the mat with a bigger opponent. I am soooo frustrated with this, I can run 5.5 miles with ease and not be tired but get me on the ground for three minutes and I am done. Help!!!!
Bombero  (7/15/2009 10:17 PM)
A. As technical proficiency goes up so does energy efficiency. If you're wasting too much energy, it's because you haven't developed a strong enough relationship with the techniques yet. Focus on performing lots of repetitions at various intensity levels, and, with time, you will notice your "endurance" will get a lot better.
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Q. I'm in 100% agreement with the Energy Efficiency philosophies as well. Thanks for sharing this wisdom with us all. Keep up the great work, and keep dreaming bigger!
Jonathan Morford (6/4/2009 10:46 PM)
A. Thanks for the support!
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Q. can I get in more trouble with the police if I know jiu-jitsu
The Heat (4/18/2009 11:51 PM)
A. It all depends on the situation. If you use jiu-jitsu only in self-defense, as it was meant to be used, there shouldn't be trouble. Of course, a true practitioner of jiu-jitsu usually has the confidence to avoid trouble to begin with.
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Q. The Gracie philosophy shows that your family is very humble.Of course it started with your grandfather and grandmaster of Gracie jiu-jitsu.
matee99 (4/10/2009 6:06 PM)
A. Thanks. And yes, it all started with the Grand Master.
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